Kia Sonet to launch on September 18
This month the Kia Sonet is all set to launch in India – on September 18. We have also recently had our hands on the technical specifications of the Kia Sonet, which revealed some variations compared to their cousin – the Hyundai Venue.
With both petrol and diesel engine options Kia will be selling the Sonet. The petrol options will include a naturally aspirated version of 83hp, 1.2-litre, combined with a manual gearbox of 5 speeds. A 120hp, 1.0-liter turbo-petrol engine with a 6-speed iMT gearbox (a clutch-less manual) and a 7-speed DCT automatic will also be offered.
The diesel engine in question will be a 1.5-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged unit which, when coupled with the 6-speed manual gearbox, produces 100hp and 240Nm, while making 115hp and 250Nm automatic gearbox when equipped with the 6-speed torque converter. In the compact SUV segment, the combination of a torque converter and a diesel engine is special.
As we’ve seen with previous offerings from Kia, the carmaker doesn’t skimp on supplies, and the Sonet won’t be any different. Leatherette upholstery, ambient lighting, ventilated front seats, a sunroof, front parking sensors, cruise control, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, UVO ‘s connected car tech brand, an air purifier, a Bose audio system, and more.
Kia will be selling the compact SUV at the launch in two ‘product lines,’ namely Tech Line and GT Line, consisting of a total of six trimming tiers. The Tech Line will contain trims such as HTE, HTK, HTK+, HTX, and HTX+. Although the GT Line will consist of a single, fully loaded GTX+ trim standard.
Kia’s Sonet will join the highly competitive compact SUV market. That means the likes of the Hyundai Place, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Ford EcoSport, and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza will have to be taken on. The rival list will only increase as new models join the market, such as the Toyota Urban Cruiser that is expected to launch in the coming weeks. The Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger are expected to enter the category by next year as well.